Liverpool could allow any of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino to leave the club in the summer of 2021 if they are to receive an appropriate valuation for any of the aforementioned members of Jurgen Klopp’s pedigreed front-three, claim The Times.
The attacking triumvirate have been paramount to Liverpool’s success in recent seasons clocking up 220 goals and 105 assists following Salah’s Anfield arrival in the summer of 2017.
Such devastating attacking firepower has since seen Liverpool reach back-to-back Champions League finals, losing to Real Madrid in Kiev back in 2018 before bouncing back to claim the club’s sixth European Cup triumph the following year in Madrid after defeating Tottenham.
The world’s most feared attacking trio followed their Champions League success with another tilt at the Premier League title having missed out on the trophy in 2018/19 by a solitary point to Manchester City despite amassing a then-club-record total of 97 points.
Yet, Salah, Firmino and Mane came back fighting the following campaign during Liverpool’s procession to a 19th league victory last season to end 30-years of title anguish on Merseyside during a record-breaking season for Klopp’s Reds who notched 99 points to finish 18 clear of Pep Guardiola and City.
Even during Liverpool’s inaugural PL bout of the 2020/21 campaign, it was the club’s attacking firepower which proved the difference against Leeds during a 4-3 win at Anfield on Saturday. Salah began the Reds’ title defence with an opening-day hat-trick to get the better of Marcelo Bielsa’s impressive newly-promoted outfit.
However, with the forward trident all turning 29 this season, Liverpool will eventually have to draw up a succession plan to find the next set of generational Anfield talents.
Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe have previously been touted as long-term replacements particularly for Salah and Mane, who are both contracted at the club until 2023.
The Times recently reported that Mbappe is looking to leave Paris Saint Germain at the end of the 2020/21 season with the World Cup-winning forward intent on a new challenge elsewhere.
The 21-year-old global phenomenon would be a welcomed addition at Anfield but there are certain to be financial issues surrounding a deal given Mbappe would command a gargantuan transfer fee.
Mbappe is contracted with PSG until 2022 and his determination to leave next year could prompt the Champions League runners-up to consider selling the Frenchman before his contract runs out and risk losing the player on a free.
This could open a pathway for Liverpool to enter discussions for Mbappe’s signature although the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City will also likely be in the equation as well.
Mbappe was even quoted of praising Liverpool back in January saying: “What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing.”
“They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’. When you watch you think everything’s easy, but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.
“Performances, like they have been having, don’t just happen. To be as ruthless as they have been would come from lots of hard work in training and from having a very good manager.”
What is Liverpool’s price?
If Liverpool were to move for a player of Mbappe’s calibre, given their self-sustaining model, it would surely dictate that the club would have to sell one of their star assets to fund such an eye-watering transfer fee.
Over the previous four transfer windows, Liverpool have spent just £23 million on players while the likes of United, City and Chelsea have all splashed out well over £200 million on acquisitions in the market.
With that said, Liverpool are unlikely to justify paying a nine-figure sum on one player unless the money were to become directly available following a player outgoing.
The Reds benefitted from such a proposition over two years ago following the £142m [BBC] sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona which was utilised by Liverpool to pay for the signings of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho.
The Times add that if a club such as Real Madrid or Barcelona were to match the valuation Liverpool deem appropriate to befit the quality of a player such as Mane, Firmino or Salah then the club could be forced to condone a potential sale.
All three players have another three years remaining on their current Liverpool deals with Salah currently the highest earner at the club with a weekly pay-packet of £200,000-a-week according to Spotrac. Mane is reported to be on half the Egyptian’s wages with the former Southampton star taking home £100,000-a-week.
It hasn’t been stated what Liverpool’s asking-price for any of the three forwards actually is, though, given the fact that Mane and Salah are regarded as two of the finest forward in world football, the Reds will certainly look to command a fee in the excess of £150m.
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